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Doctor insights on: Group B Streptococcus During Pregnancy

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What could cause a positive group b strep test during pregnancy?

What could cause a positive group b strep test during pregnancy?

Common finding: Up to a third of normal women will be gbs positive at a given point with this germ on their genitals.It is common germ that is often found in the GI tract ; poo and occasionally causes uti's in women.Its main danger comes to the newborn where it can cause blood poisoning (sepsis), and or meningitis.After close monitoring was adopted, the frequency of problems has declined. ...Read more

Streptococcus (Definition)

Is a group of bacteria that grown in long chains of cocci (round cells). They are classified in part by whether they hemolyze sheep red blood cells completely, partial or not at all. The beta (complete) hemolysis ones are further classified by their capsules and the prototype is group a streptococci, that cause strep throat and rheumatic fever. The Alpha (partial) ...Read more


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How are pregnant women tested for group b beta strep?

How are pregnant women tested for group b beta strep?

Vaginal swab culture: All pregnant women are tested by a swab during 35to37weeks gestation aswab is taken from vagina and rectum and sent to the lab to be tested for groupb strep and result is available in 24to 48 hours. ...Read more

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How is gbs (group b strep.) contracted?

How is gbs (group b strep.) contracted?

Common hitch hiker: Group b strep is a common germ in nature & found at any one moment in the genital tract of ~1/3 of women.In most cases it is innocuous, causing no harm, although it sometimes can cause a uti. It can be there one week & gone the next however, if passed to a newborn during labor or delivery, a fraction will get very sick.I would consider any mom @ risk & rely on the ob's to monitor the situation. ...Read more

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What causes beta hemolytic.Streptococcus group b infection?

What causes beta hemolytic.Streptococcus group b infection?

Common: Group b is strep is a normal bacteria in the vagina for three out of ten women. It is not caused by anything in particular and is not harmful to you unless it makes it way into the bladder and cause a urinary tract infection which should be treated. Pregnant women are tested at 35-36 weeks because while the bacteria isn't harmful to mom the baby could get pneumonia and very ill from group b strep. ...Read more

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Is the heptitis b vaccine safe during pregnancy?

Is the heptitis b vaccine safe during pregnancy?

Yes: This is a non-living lab created material. It has no potential to infect baby. Many practitioners prefer not to give this or any optional vaccine until after the 1st trimester,out of an abundance of caution, but it is considered safe. ...Read more

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Can group b strep be transmitted sexually between man and woman?

STREP TONSILLITIS : No, it is not transmitted sexually but you can get it through kissing each other. ...Read more

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What's the difference between group b streptococci and other beta hemolytic streptococci?

What's the difference between group b streptococci and other beta hemolytic streptococci?

Different strains: Beta hemolytic strep is group a and affects all ages, group b strep affects mainly newborns. See these sites for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002342/ http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/228936-overview. ...Read more

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How is a group b strep infection treated in moms. Babies?

OB/peds have protocl: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated. Babies are monitored & treated if any signs appear that suggest invasive disease. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hepatitis b to a pregnant women?

Symptoms of hepatitis b to a pregnant women?

Usually, in pregnanc: It is picked up in routine labs as an exposure and the person may not even know. Acute hep b makes your skin and eyes yellow, causes some abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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Group b strep in throat. Not pregnant. Is that possible?

Yes: Group B strep can be a normal finding in the intestinal germ profile. It has little significance unless it invades the lungs/blood of a newborn during or after delivery but occasionally causes some UTI's in women. To get to the intestines it will enter through the mouth/throat. I wouldn't sweat it and wonder why someone would bother to report it. ...Read more

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What is ''group b strep''?

What is ''group b strep''?

Bacteria: We all have different bacteria that live normally on our skin. About 15-20% of women have group b strep (gbs) on their genital area skin. It is not a std. Group b strep is a bacteria that usually doesn't affect the mother but sometimes can cause serious infections in the baby if the mother does not get antibiotics in labor. For more info, copy this link: http://bit.Ly/kl216m. ...Read more

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How are group a & group b strep throat different?

Streptococci A & B: Here is a good article that addresses your question: http://www.Drgreene.Com/articles/streptococcus/. ...Read more

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What is group b streptococcal?

What is group b streptococcal?

Gram pos bacteria: Streptococcus agalactiae is part of normal colonic and vaginal flora. It can be transmitted to neonates at birth causing neonatal sepsis. They are gram positive chain forming cocci. This organism causes many different infections in adults including female genital tract infections, pneumonia, endocarditis, septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, skin and soft tissue infections and meningitis. ...Read more

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Is Group B Strep a reason for going into labour early?

GBS early labor?: Group B strep colonization occurs in many pregnant woman ( one study estimates10%). Some studies reported that GBS is associated with premature labor and may have effect on member rupture. However other surveys of large groups of women could not repeat these finding. Talk to your doctor with him/her about risk, your particular situation and come up with a plan together with him/her ...Read more

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Can a fullterm baby get neonatal pneumonia from group b strep?

Can a fullterm baby get neonatal pneumonia from group b strep?

Yes: Group b strep (gbs) is a gram-positive streptococcal bacteria also known as streptococcus agalactiae. It is not the same as group a strep which causes strep throat. It is a bacteria which can spread from mother to newborn infants and is the most common cause of sepsis and meningitis in the United States during a newborn's first week of life. It is not restricted to premature infants. ...Read more

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Alpha hemolytic streptococcus are non pathogenic but streptococcus pneumoniae is grouped under this group. Why?

They're pathogemic: Alpha hemolytic strep are not non-pathogenic. They include the pneumococcus ( strep pnemoniae) and also viridans group strep. These all cause human disease. ...Read more

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Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

No there is no risk: Vaginal exams are performed with a sterile speculum. Even though approximately 25% of women are colonized with group b strep, it is highly unlikely that the speculum would enter the uterus to transmit the bacteria to the fetus. ...Read more

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What increases my baby's risk of having a late onset group b strep infection?

Usually unknown: Any new born baby staying for a prolonged period in a neonatal intensive care unit is at higher risk. Other than that, most of late-onset group b strep infections are community acquired. ...Read more

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Is group b strep contagious?

Is group b strep contagious?

Depends on situation: Its most worrisome problem occurs when it passes from the genital tract of a mother to her newborn during labor or delivery.The resulting exposure may result in a severe infection in the infant. The germ is found normally in the stool, and as such came from ingestion. It is common & seldom causes problems outside that with the newborn. The infected newborn is unlikely to pass it to others. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more